The Difference

Blackfive (Uncle Jimbo writing) brought this one to my attention. It seems William Arkin of the Washington Post's Early Warning blog took a shot at the troops who spoke out in the NBC video report I posted yesterday. Uncle Jimbo does a very, very thorough job of dismantling Arkin. I have agreed with some things Arkin wrote in the past, but here he is grossly out of line. And he is taking a lot – a real lot – of heat in his comment section for it. I will not go off on Arkin, others have already done so. But I will point you instead to the post my son sent me a few days ago and let you read the difference between Arkin's desire to stifle the troops valid opinions and my son's protest against a hateful website, done in a calm and logical manner. And then his dismissal of those who do not support the troops, with a promise that he and his fellow soldiers would, nonetheless, continue to defend the rights of those people to express their opinions.

Who's the better person? You figure it out.

UPDATE, Inserted just for people misdirected here from Lawyers, Guns and Money. Greetings. I suppose that the quick link to this post was misdirected, since I really don't pile on to Arkin, even though I think he's wrong. But the post that directed you here says this:

Obviously, photos are incomplete representations; they are incapable of providing "context" (or the rationalizations that Jonah Golberg would prefer); they require other forms of discourse to make them meaningful. But Americans' "right to know" was, contra Goldberg, quite well-informed by Adams' photographs and the film footage captured by Vo Su, the NBC cameraman who was working with Adams that day. Americans had a right to see what was being done in their name.

Which is all well and good, but it also completely ignores the "context" of the times the picture was taken in. And maybe, just maybe, a few of you visiting will click the link to this site and ask what else your imparted wisdom has missed informing you about. Because context is everything and the US policies in the height of the Cold War did not exist in a vacuum. Other people with other agendas were also making decisions. That is what tortured Eddie Adams, the context was missing. And LG&M did not provide you with a link to WHY it tortured him:

On Nguyen Ngoc Loan and his famous photograph, Adams wrote in Time :

The general killed the Viet Cong; I killed the general with my camera. Still photographs are the most powerful weapon in the world. People believe them; but photographs do lie, even without manipulation. They are only half-truths. What the photograph didn't say was, 'What would you do if you were the general at that time and place on that hot day, and you caught the so-called bad guy after he blew away one, two or three American people?'

Adams later apologized in person to General Nguyen and his family for the irreparable damage it did to Loan's honor while he was alive. When General Nguyen died, Adams praised him as a hero of a just cause.

In other words, you are being manipulated. Try clicking the links LG&M did not provide you. Ypu'll be surprised at how interesting it is to think for yourself instead of relying on imparted wisdom.

End Update.

UPDATE: We appear to have a brewing blogsplosion going off on this one. Michelle Malkin, Ed Morrisey, Powerline, Allahpundit, Hugh Hewitt, LGF, Andrew Olmsted, Sister Toldjah, Spyral Notebook, Tiny, Op For, QandO, Redstate, Brutally Honest, Cadillac Tight, Instapundit, Jammie Wearing Fool, Ace, Wizbang, Jawa Report, Ed Driscoll, Simply Kimberly, Bits Blog, Keith Milby, What the Heck, Dan Riehl, Stubborn Facts, DinocratLes Infants Terrible, Irons in the Fire, Flopping Aces, Leaning Straight Up, Jules Crittenden, Sundries Shack, Fuzzilicious Thinking, Discerning Texan, Noble Duty, Soldiergrrl, Buck Creek Station,

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  20. ajay says:

    Just out of curiosity: what actions are, in your view, permissible to a citizen who opposes a war being fought by his country? Any at all?

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